NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, March 19th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (45-15-6) at New Jersey Devils (34-24-8), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will try to put together their first
winning streak since early February, as they welcome the first-place Ottawa
Senators to Continental Airlines Arena.
The Devils picked up a victory Thursday against visiting Pittsburgh and
another win tonight would give New Jersey its first back-to-back triumphs
since beating Tampa Bay and Boston on February 7 and 9.
Brian Gionta scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period of Thursday's
game and the stifling Devils defense led the way to the 2-1 win over the
Martin Brodeur needed to make just 13 saves, including a total of seven over
the final two periods, for New Jersey, which snapped a brief two-game skid.
Brodeur had struggled during those two losses, allowing 11-of-12 goals
scored by the opposing teams.
The Devils are 21-9-3 at the Meadowlands this season and will complete a
three-game homestand tonight.
Meanwhile, Ottawa earned a huge victory on Saturday evening, beating the red-
hot Buffalo Sabres, 4-2, at Scotiabank Place. The Senators' victory halted
Buffalo's eight-game win streak and extended Ottawa's lead in the Northeast
Division to three points over the Sabres.
Peter Schaefer and Bryan Smolinski each had a goal and an assist to lead
Ottawa. Chris Kelly and Zdeno Chara each tallied goals for the Senators, who
have won four of their last five games.
Ray Emery stopped 20 shots in the win for Ottawa, which is also tied with
Carolina for first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Devils and Senators have split a pair of meetings this season, but Ottawa
has won five of the last nine encounters.
03/19 10:28:59 ET